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The Prose And Verse Of Alfred Lichtenstein

by Alfred Lichtenstein

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A Prussian Jew, killed in the second month of the First World War at the age of 25, 18 years before his father died, apparently of natural causes, and 28 years before his mother and two of his siblings were killed by the Nazis, Lichtenstein left no overtly autobiographical writings. Some of his poems clearly reflect his own painful experiences, both as a civilian and a soldier, and the figure of Kuno Kohn, the hunchback poet whose psychological agony informs some of his fiction and a few of his poems, critics agree represents their creator’s grotesque alter ego. His sarcastic remarks about lawyers would seem to reflect his own experience as a student of law. Some drawings and a photograph of him have survived, and his contemporaries wrote about him sparingly.

Most of the attention Lichtenstein has received from posterity so far concentrates on his poetry, which generally is classified as expressionist. Paratactic, stripped of most rhetorical ornaments, his short fiction, bearing resemblances to Kafka, is at least as strange as his poetry.

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Born in Brooklyn, educated at Stuyvesant High School, C.C.N.Y., Columbia, and UC Berkeley, Robert Levine has taught English Literature at Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute, Cornell, Brown, Montpellier III and, for the past 36 years, at Boston University. He has published translations from Medieval Latin, Middle French, and modern German.With two degrees from Boston University, Sheldon Gilman teaches and coordinates all levels of German language courses in the Department of



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